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Conservation Excellence Grants

Mill Creek Ranch near Gunnison, CO. Photo by Sean Sheridan.

Conservation Excellence grants foster exploration of pressing needs in today’s conservation community, including engaging local communities to support land conservation, the stewardship of orphaned conservation easements, collaboration among land trusts, and more.

Projects will fall into one or more of four main categories – Policy, Standards and Education, Community Engagement, and Stewardship and Long-term Sustainability – and will produce results that are replicable by or applicable to other conservation organizations in the state. The Conservation Excellence program does not fund efforts to initiate or renew an open space tax, organizational strategic planning or capacity building for a land trust or open space program, land acquisitions, construction of recreational amenities, or restoration of land, riparian areas, or infrastructure. Each grant request is limited to up to $100,000.

Who Can Apply

Non-profit land-conservation organizations, municipalities, counties, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and political subdivisions of the State of Colorado that include in their mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas are eligible for this grant program.

How To Apply

The Conservation Excellence grant application is available by request only. Please contact  Alex Castino at 303-226-4517 to discuss your project and determine eligibility. GOCO will provide a copy of the application via email for eligible projects.

When To Apply

  • April 9, 2018: Applications available by request.
  • May 18, 2018: Draft applications due (optional).
  • June 1, 2018: Applications due via online portal.
  • September 28, 2018: Grant awards made at the GOCO Board Meeting in Ouray.

Questions?

Contact Alex Castino at 303.226.2417.